Sancerre, Loire Valley, France- Made from old vines, which intensifies the flavor, this estate-bottled wine is a fine expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Refreshingly zesty with crisp notes of citrus and minerals, dry and complex. Enjoy with soft cheeses like goat cheese.
Sancerre’s soils, as wine columnist Eric Asimov has noted, are similar to those of Champagne and Chablis vineyards, to the north and east of the Loire Valley. Where the grapes are grown may have more of an impact on the wine than the actual grape variety. "I find it fascinating that good Sancerre and good [Chardonnay] Chablis can have more in common than Sancerre and Sauvignon Blancs from California or New Zealand," he writes.
Sauvignon Blanc is an international white grape variety that originates in France. It’s long been used to make world-class wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Yet in recent decades, Sauvignon Blanc has become an everyday favorite thanks to the New World winemakers of New Zealand.
With its distinctive, vivid aromas and zesty acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is easy to peg in a blind tasting of dry white wines. The wine’s green, herbaceous and fruity scents are sometimes accented with musky aromas, yet its flavors are consistently fresh and bright.